Like most of the kids in my grade, I’m ready to get on the next Amtrak train out of this town. Before I leave in the fall, though, I do have to thank Wilton for all of the opportunities it’s given me from education to athletics. It has been a great gift growing up here because we have a lot of privileges other towns around the country do not. Our textbooks are new, our school is in good condition, and Wilton parents can (and will) complain to the Board of Education with a guarantee that something might happen. This town creates successful kids, just look at the percentage of students going straight to college after graduating. I certainly wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t been raised in this town, and for that, I am always grateful.
I’ve recently had some time to reflect on this town and I want to share some of my realizations with the future generations of Wilton students. I think one of the things I’m happiest to leave behind is the constant battle to prove my own intelligence. It was like the only thing that mattered from sixth to 12th grade was how well I did in school. I only noticed how much effort I put into keeping up this facade of an extremely academic boy this year after I got into college. Before I had the security of knowing where I was going, I couldn’t possibly imagine looking like an idiot in front of my peers because I thought it would jeopardize my reputation and where I got into school. After getting into college, however, I suddenly couldn’t care less how people thought of me. How intelligent I appear in my classes has absolutely no relevance to how successful I will be when I get out of this high school. One of the most important things I can tell future students is that although you will inevitably focus on other people’s view of your intelligence, it should not be your biggest priority. There is no reason why your academics should be anyone’s business but your own. Remember that. It’ll make you happier in the future.